EXCLUSIVE: Teenager Emmington on his first-team debuts for Wisbech’s football and cricket teams

TEENAGER Danny Emmington will never forget 2011 – the dream year he made his first team debuts for Wisbech’s football and cricket teams aged just 16.

The talented sportsman’s improvements at the crease and on the pitch ensured he pulled on two of his hometown’s finest sporting outfits shirts.

After making one appearance for both sides, Emmington hopes 2012 can become even more memorable.

He said: “It’s been a dream year as I’ve always wanted to play football and cricket at the highest level I could for Wisbech.

“I want to be one of the best sportsmen in the town and be able to help both teams do well. I’d love to be a first-team regular for football and cricket because I’m Wisbech through and through.

“I’ve worked hard to improve in both sports but I know I need to keep getting better. I feel lucky for the chances I’ve been given but I’m desperate for more – it’s really whet my appetite.”

Five years of progress at Wisbech Town Cricket Club – where Emmington became a second-team regular last season – culminated in his Tucker Gardner Premier Division bow against Godmanchester this summer.

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Despite getting out for a duck, Emmington, an all-rounder, praised Dom Stannard, the club’s youth development officer, for helping improve his batting ability.

However, the former Norwich City Academy youngster’s real passion remains with football – where he has shone in midfield for the Fenmen’s under-18s and reserve teams.

He was given his first start by Steve Appleby during October’s 5-0 home Cambs Invitation Cup win over Littleport Town.

Emmington, now 17, said: “Even though half of me hopes I might make it back into the professional set-up one day I’ve always wanted to play in front of friends and family for Wisbech – I’m desperate to do it again.”